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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Longhoms close to naming new coach Page 1B Qoal so far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels 50 CENTS HeraldZeitu 14 pages in three sections Thursday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Jared Platt Vol 146 No 15 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Israll Ramirez Robert Bier Jared Platt 13 Lenora Hutson and Elida Sotelo To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds970 Poten measured in parts per cube meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Harrpel River Information Comal River 326 cubic feet per sec ond Wednesday same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level Wednesday down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 247 cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and gallons of well water Unpack that winter coat Today Partly cloudy Highs in the upper 60s Tonight fair and cool Lows near 40 lower 30s Friday Increasing Highs in the mid 60s Eriday night cloudy Lows in the 40s near 40 Saturday Cloudy Highs in the 50s Sunday Cloudy with a chance of rain Lows in the 40s Highs near 60 Monday Cloudy with a chance of showers Lows in the 50s Highs in the 60s Humane Society shares the spirit The Holiday Rivers of Lights Sharing the Spirit orga nization chosen for today is New Braunfels Humane Society This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the light display from 6 to today and hand out information In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight HZ seeks donations for Cheer Fund The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting dona tions for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy Donations will be accepted at the HeraldZeitung office 707 Landa during regular business hours Checks also can be mailed to the Herald Zeitung Please make checks payable to the HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund Recent contribu tions include John and Connie Feight ner Arnold and Jean Paulen Homer Sloan Jim and Barbara Cook Will and Gretchen Ryals The Childs Family Region title countdown Unicorn fans paint town blue BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen From top Jessica Cale Ashley Michael and Randi ONeal paint windows blue and white at SacnPac at Walnut and San Antonio Student support is stronger than ever this week for the Unicorn football team as players pre pare to face the MacArthur Brahmas in the Region IV5A finals at 1 Saturday in the Alamo Stadiumin San Antonio After school members of the New Braunfels High School pep squad and Monoceras dance squad showed their support by painting the town blue Everyones really excited and wants to get said Marissa Escobedo a Monoceras dancer The squad darted around the city Wednes day asking local business managers to let them paint store front windows Many local merchants including Lacks Fur Unicorns vs Brahmas not the Alamodome in San Antonio TICKETS On sate until today to 1 Friday at New Braunfets High COST General at the CaJI 6256271 for information niture Center and area SacnPac Drive In Gro cery Stores showed their spirit by allowing the girls to decorate windows with Go Sac Mac and other colorful logos For many of the squad members the antici pation of a playoff game was a new experience This is the first time weve gone to the region al said Lacy Roesler Roesler and her squadmates Ashley Michael Jessica Cale and Randi ONeal painted a unicorn on the front of SacnPac at Walnut and San Antonio streets More than 80 high school students are mem bers of the pep and dance squads guided by NBHS teacher Beverly Trollenger Members also spent part of Wednesday preparing pompom routines and coordinating steps for their halftime show Saturday The groups will sit next to the Unicorn band and boost spirit by cheering and yelling for their team said Trollenger During halftime the Mono ceras dancers will perform to the home side while the pep squad will face the visiting side Curbing the spread Health department issues new hepatitis A warning By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor With the holiday party and pot luck season approaching and more hepatitisA cases confirmed Comal County health authorities are expand ing efforts to contain the outbreak Dr Dorothy Overman Comal County and New Braunfels health authority sent a warning letter Tues day to area churches civic groups and media said Comal County Health Department nurse Shel McWilliams Our whole intent here is to pre vent the spread of contagious dis McWilliams said The warning letter urged organi zations and individuals to practice fastidious hygiene not share food and drink with others and to not con duct potluck functions at churches and other civic groups where large numbers of people might possibly consume contaminated The county health department has confirmed 21 cases of hepatitisA since Oct 3 the warning letter reads Were getting them almost on a regular basis at this McWilliams said Most of the cases were concen trated in one day care she said not necessarily just children but fam ily HepatitisA is spread by fecalto mouth contact so careful handwash ing before eating and after visiting the restroom was essential in pre Tum to Spread Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England Carl Schurz Elementary nurse Gwen Mills uses a black light to show student Celina Silguero the phosphorescent powder germs on her hands during a handwashing demonstration at the school Wednesday Officials making plans should outbreak continue HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England A blacklight check by Carl Schurz Elementary nurse Gwen Mills confirms no more germs are present From left students Eric Schwind Ashley Davila and Celina Silguero pass the handwashing test with flying colors By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Comal County Health Department has plans in place if the hepatitisA outbreak con tinues health department nurse Shel McWilliams said An inoculation called immune globulin can stop the disease if given within two weeks of exposure she said However the diseases incu bation period can be anywhere from 15 to 50 days making it hard to determine who has been exposed Most cases of the liver dis ease have been concentrated in one day care and the health department gave the shots to children and adults from the day care McWilliams said Children who were not giv en it were not permitted to go to Turn to Outbreak Page 2A Committee studies uses for LCRA building BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A newly appointed committee might turn a longtime New Braunfels landmark into something more than an abandoned brick building Braunfels city council recently established the LCRA Facilities Committee to gather public comments and ideas for redevelopment of the building The com mittee met Monday to schedule a public forum at 7 Jan 5 at the municipal building The forum is open to all Comal County residents Visible from most any city location the old LCRA building is in Landa Park and with two tubular smoke stacks towers high above the treetops there Also known as the Comal Power Plant the building was erected in 1925 and consists of seven stories The committees primary objective is to solicit pub lic said Jacqueline Cullom Murphy city attorney We really want to hear from the public about ideas for conversion of the building she said Lower Colorado River Authority worked with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to envi ronmentally remediate the building according to Cullom Murphy Removing potentially harmful agents such as leadbased paint and debris inside the building had been an ongoing effort for years she said They will spend about million to remediate the building and said Cullom Murphy Meanwhile committee members have drawn up an LCRA facilities building use survey to gather comments and ideas on paper The surveys are available at city hall 424 S Castell Ave Cullom Murphy said a dozen or so completed sur veys already have been returned to city offices Committee member Gloria Suarez Sasser said she hoped the surveys and future meetings would yield input to help determine the fate of the structure We dont want to limit anyone in their ideas for it said Sasser Its a really interesting building complete with a 1920s look to she said Brass railings along the stair wells inside contribute to its authenticity she said San Antonio Public Service originally operated the power plant from 1925 to 1942 LCRA took over the power plant in 1942 and continued to operate it until its closing in 1977 according to Sasser The salvaging of equipment and materials took place between 1979 and 1982 and asbestos abatement took place between 1988 and 1989 according to a chrono logical timeline provided by the committee In 1991 LCRA began a site and building assessment and cleanup which continues By April 2000 LCRA and TNRCC will have the building cleaned and ready for redevelopment said Cullom Murphy New Braunfels rolls out red carpet for Santa this weekend By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor New Braunfels deserves another name this week end T Santas Town or Holiday Central or maybe So many holiday events are happening that San ta Claus will have to eat a tremendous amount of cookies to maintain his rotund waistline hopping from appearance to appearance Here is a sam pling If anyone is not yet in the Christmas spirit tonights Wassailfest is surely the cure From 6 to 9 downtown New Braunfels becomes one huge holiday street party with 30 musical groups 45 stops to imbibe wassail holiday punch and more good cheer than one would expect to find in the entire state let alone a single town Anyone who misses it deserves to have Bah humbug tat tooed on his forehead for the rest of the year Children can Visit with Saint Nicholas at 2 and 6 Friday at the Sophienburg Museum There they experience the German tradition of Santas advance Call 6291572 for infor mation The Candlelight Tour will take visitors through Christmas at three favorite local muse ums the Museum of Texas Handmade Furni ture the Sophienburg Museum and Conservation Plaza Each stop will have its own Christmas foods and festive flair from 5 to 8 Saturday Gruene will come alight in its own Texas fashion this weekend Gruene Christmas Market Days offer a shopping extravaganza that should ren der every shopping list signed sealed and delivered The holiday season will take on a magical mystical quality from 6 to 9 Saturday at Canyon Lake with the 14th annual Parade of Lights As many as 45 boats will traverse the lake as Christmas music fills the air For information call 210 7326603 Ideal businesses 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